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Today's topic is: Creature: The Very Speedy Beast
This should be fun!
"found this one in a bargain bin down the back end of Wal-Mart, she's falling to pieces and has a good hundred on the clock, but I reckon I could get $10,000 for her. She is red, after all... just pour some sawdust in the transmission and you're away"
What happens when an almost dead orc is brought back with goblin technology?
The Orcish Speed Demon X-3000!
Had a lil' fun doing this one. Enjoy!
Why did kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
My first post!
Mebee I will post something else later. This doesn't quite exploit the topic enough.
here's my take on the topic, crits welcome!
I'm not too sure what I was going for here... but I've been meaning to start DSGs and decided now is as good a time as any, inspiration or not. I spent somewhere around a half an hour on this, but it's time for some sleep now.
Gentleman we can rebuild him, we have the technology. We can make him better than he was before. Better... Stronger...Faster...
Ref used: http://www.nature-photography.co.za/...falcon-012.jpg
Hot stuff, everybody. And hey, killthemouse, good to see you comin with, mang - sick critter.
Mine: ready... set....
Last edited by Dookymobile 3000; April 23rd, 2005 at 04:33 PM.
Been over a week for me... I need to do this more often
I like all these crazy fantastic beasts... I went a little more boring. Photoshop 45 min.
A study of some sort of space ostrich thing.
Seventy-two is good. Or so I've been told.
ref used for the cheetah
always kinda liked this animal.
sorry for the lame background, tired, rushed it
edit: fixed the legs, made them less blurry and added the missing 2 (though one is only slightly visible )
Last edited by Skuli; April 23rd, 2005 at 07:43 PM.
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Dali
Was kinda in a rush earlier, so I didn't get to do a crit list. Here we go then:
Vijil: Very nice pic. The *ehem* vehicle (not quite on topic, but whatever) is very imposing, and looks like it could launch itself into a dead run in a split second. I also thought that three leg design was an interesting choice. (or is the other one just hidden?)
Mr North: Funny!
-=Mythix=-: Cool idea, though I think he needs an engine for those wheels. The shading on his arms is also pretty random.
killthemouse: Pretty freaky looking critter, though I think a tail would have given some added flair to the design.
spicy meatballs: Very nice action feel to this one, and I like it's face. Looks like the lovechild of an Orc and a Cheetah! I'd say that the back part of it needs clarification though. It looks like it has stubby back legs, or maybe just fleshy things, or... I dunno, but the concept doesn't come across as well on the back half of the creature.
Muto_Caeli: Not bad at all, but I think the concept really is confusing when taken in context with the topic. The brush strokes are also soft all around which is kinda weird to look at, since everything is fuzzy.
Hamsta: Haha, I love that idea. Jet propelled Octopi! And while the pic could definitely use lots of work, I have to say that you have gotten considerably better in the past month or two. It used to be that I could barely tell what your pics were without the description, but they've gotten more and more understandable. Congrats and keep up the good work.
Dfacto: Nice chicken legs, but your engines are totally skewed and you knew that didn't you?! Lazy me couldn't be bothered to fix them.
Dookymobile 3000: I definitely dig this concept. Really does look fast in that pose, and I like the shading on it. Subtle, but it works very well with the outline.
Shon: Freaky! Have to say that it is pretty hard to read the limbs though.
N-mel: Nice! Biggest crit is that the formost creature is hard to distinguish from the back one, and the background doesn't look like it is sufficiently far away. Some color differences and fading would go a long ways towards adding more depth to the picture.
Green Mamba: Cool idea, and nice pose. The front limbs and face are a bit confusing though.
Skuli: Nice colors and feel, but there is somethign weird going on with the legs there. It looks like it has one coming out of it's stomach!
haha yeah it looks like it ..caus I painted it that way, hehe
I thought that just painting a cheetah on the run whouldn't be that intresting, so I took two pics of them running, one where the legs are spread and one were they'r curled up like that, used both as ref and painted all 8 legs (though 2 dont show in the pic )
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it." - Dali
My concern with NMel's creature is the one in the foreground looks like it's tripping and about to fall over at 60mph, which is not a pretty scene. When running, the hind legs swing forward by use of the back curving downward, then extending into an upward arch as the legs power out behind it. The back should be curving down, not up, and the head should be up a bit higher. The same could be said about green mamba, the head is too far down and makes it look like the avian (I think?) is about to face-plant at high speed. Otherwise I like the techniques and styles that I'm seeing here. Love the X3000 and I'm a big fan of that first post, that 3-legged cyber sprinter.... you can definitely feel the power in the semi-mechanical arms and leg.
If at first you don't succeed, you need a bigger axe.
I totally agree about the curve of the spine on my piece. I was about 15 minutes into it when I realized this mistake, and was all "d'oh!", and I considered starting over, but then I was like "meh," so I just finished it. I guess I shooda used some reference.
Slapped some colors on, while waiting for my ride. So christened because I was listening to Kimya Dawson at the time.
Yeah, I really had no idea what i was going to do, so I just started painting and ended up with that... and was too tired to sharpen anything. I'll try harder next time. Thanks for the crit.Originally Posted by DefactoMuto_Caeli: Not bad at all, but I think the concept really is confusing when taken in context with the topic. The brush strokes are also soft all around which is kinda weird to look at, since everything is fuzzy.
dfacto, I don't mine is off topic at all. The first thing I thought of when I read "The Very Speedy Beast" was a pimped out ride with a V8... so I thought I'd play with the idea and have the thing as a hybrid cheetah/car thingeemabob
Beast doesn't neccessarily mean animal, you know.
I'm loving your one by the way. Took a while to realise it wasn't a frog... but once I got it I was like *oooooh*, *aaaaaah*
vigil - There's the sense that that thing can really move. Always love the MGS references
spicymeatballs - I like the energy and face... wish there was more room on the right side of the pic, though.
dfacto - Great concept! I want to see that bird in a movie or video game.
dookymobile3000 - Enjoying this critter... especially the light furry details, legs, eyes, and curve of the tail.
N-Mel- I like the background... good colour usage. The foremost cat seems angled wrong, though. I looks like it's headed into the dirt, not over it. If the whole animal was turned clockwise enough so that the back was parallel to the ground, I think that'd help out a lot.
machzero - LOL. ... Reminds me of the Gary Larson comic where the dogs stick their heads out the window as they drive .
sketchy fun! .. 1.5
Last edited by William b. Hand; June 3rd, 2005 at 03:23 PM.
William b. Hand - heheh... thanks~! I was also kinda inspired by how goofy and happy dogs look when they're spotted out of car's windows. Mine however, just barfs explosively in the back.